June 3 2016 - 12:35PM
We all know winter is coming, and that means chilling on the couch, cosying up by a fire and soothing the soul.
But all three should be done with a bottle of red, so we've picked our top 10 value wines that will warm your heart in whatever way you need these coming months.
Footnote: scores are based out of 100, with extra points added to wines that represent good value.
TOP 10 WINTER REDS:
2013 St Hugo Cabernet Shiraz
$55, 14.4%, 97pts
A blend that rarely impresses me but oh did this. A sweet, complex, beautiful thing from the very first sniff, the palate is another enchanting fairytale altogether, with soft, ripe, supersweet fruit, the delicate structure of the cabernet from Coonawarra and dense, rich, robust Barossa Valley shiraz a mouth-watering match, with no rough edges.
2014 Wignalls Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
$31, 15.1%, 96pts
A ballsy pinot that also shows some skin and a bit of cleavage. Bright and rich flavours of wild dark berries, raspberry and spice. The elegance is understated but effective. An enjoyable and enchanting wine, and one of WA's best pinots.
2013 Singlefile Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon
$37, 14%, 96pts
This emerging winery in Denmark has given this wine its full attention, resulting in a full-bodied, perfectly balanced wine with exceptional black fruit and tannin/oak integration. Let it breathe for at least a few hours before approaching.
2013 Cape Mentelle Shiraz
$47, 14%, 95pts
Shows that shiraz deserves more than a seat at the table in Margaret River... always plush, tightly-structured, complex and expressive. Length, balance and top integration are givens... once it hits, the blueberry truly shines, alongside gentle white and black pepper and confectionary-flavoured delights.
2014 Hay Shed Hill Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
$28, 14%, 95pts
Classic Bordeaux blend that comprises 10% malbec and 4% cab franc, this is an absolute steal at the price. Intense, controlled and focused, with super-ripe tannins and oak propping it up majestically.
2014 West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet
$30, 14.5%, 95pts
From the cool climes of Mount Barker comes this superbly fragrant, blackberry-driven drop from one of WA's best value producers. Impeccable structure, from oak to fruit to tannin, with a silky mouthfeel.
2013 d'Arenberg d'Arry's Original Shiraz Grenache
$18, 14.5%, 94pts
An infusion of spice, oak and succulent, ripe fruit and fleshy tannins, with the fresh acid balancing the boldness of the wine. Concentrated, dense and powerful. Snap it up and let it breathe before drinking.
2013 Alkoomi Shiraz Viognier
$24, 14.4%, 94pts
Savoury notes, ripe tannins, rich fruit and a gentle structure... this wine never fails to impress, with 5% viognier adding a bright, fresh element to the soft, juicy texture and chocolate-cherry flavours.
2014 Mandoon Estate Cabernet Merlot
$30, 14%, 94pts
This Margaret River blend has won a swag of trophies around Australia, with classic varietal flavours of mint, cassis and blueberry mixed with vanilla custard, eggnog, raspberry and an array of sweet spices.
2013 Galafrey Dry Grown Shiraz
$30, 12.5%, 94pts
From one of the Great Southern's oldest family wineries comes a wine with lashings of leather, vanilla and satsuma plum give weight to a licorice-led array of confectionary flavours on the palate. Silky, elegant, earthy, long and very together.